The Rugby Championship moves to Brisbane for the second match on Saturday where Australia’ Wallabies will be hoping to beat South Africa’s Springboks.
The last two Test matches between Australia and South Africa both ended in a draw. The teams drew 23 all in Perth and then 27 all in Bloemfontein last year.
- Australia and South Africa’s only other draw was in 2001 – only against New Zealand (7) have the Wallabies drawn more matches.
- The hosts have lost just one of their last nine Tests against South Africa in Australia (W7, D1), remaining undefeated against them on home soil since 2013.
- Australia has won their last four games on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium, including two when they had been trailing at half-time; only at the Sydney Cricket Ground (31) and Ballymore Stadium (29) do the Wallabies have more overall Test wins than they do at Suncorp Stadium (23).
- The Wallabies have only one Test triumph to their name so far in 2018 (L4), the last time they won fewer than five Tests in a calendar year was in 1995 (W4, L4).
- South Africa have won only one of their last 10 games played away from home in The Rugby Championship (D1, L8), and have won just two of their last seven away games overall (D1, L4).
- Australia has won 100% of their scrums in six of their last seven matches, overall winning 41 of 43 scrums in that time. South Africa made 22 clean breaks against Argentina in Round 2 of The Rugby Championship 2018, their most in a single Test since they made 23 clean breaks against Australia in September 2017.
- Australia’s David Pocock and South Africa’s Malcolm Marx have each won six turnovers at The Rugby Championship in 2018, more than any other players in the tournament.
- Warren Whiteley has made 21 tackles so far this campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss a single tackle attempt.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
There have been some changes to the Australian team. Izack Rodda replaces Adam Coleman and Dane Haylett-Petty moves to fullback in place of Israel Folau. Tom Banks and Rob Simmons come onto the bench for Maddocks and Rodda.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Brisbane.
2.00: TRY! Micheal Hooper is over! Kurtley Beale at first receiver caused a massive problem for the Boks. A pick and drive later, and the skipper was in for the try. 5-0
3.00: CONVERSION! Matt Toomua adds the extras. 7-0
5.00: Conditions are slippery leading to a couple of scrums being reset.
6.00: Glen Jackson has had enough and awards the visitors a penalty.
7.00: PENALTY! Elton Jantjies, who has not been involved in a Test win in his last seven games for South Africa, puts the Springboks on the scoreboard. 7-3
8.00: Warren Whiteley is pinged at the ruck. Poor from the No 8.
9.00: now it’s Beale who is pinged for not releasing. Jackson is a bit heavy on his whistle at the moment.
11.00: The Wallabies are pinged for collapsing the driving maul. South Africa have the throw, but Mbongeni Mbonambi’s throw is stolen. Toomua clears to the 22.
14.00: Marika Koroibete gifts the Boks a penalty for offsides, but instead of taking the points, Siya Kolisi opts for a lineout.
15.00: TRY! Eben Etzebeth takes the throw, Mbonambi moves to the back of the maul and the Boks power their way over the whitewash. Easy as you like for the hooker. 7-8
16.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the extras. 7-10
18.00: Jantjies’ cross-kick is gathered by Makazole Mapimpi, who is tackled. The Wallabies lose the ensuing ruck and Reece Hodge is blown for offsides.
19.00: A kicking battle ensues before Beale’s pin-point kick rolls into touch. South Africa take it quickly, lose the ball forward, but are not punished because a gold hand loses the ball in contact. Scrum to the hosts just outside the Bok 22.
21.00: Faf de Klerk loses his mind, giving away a stupid penalty for kicking the ball out of Will Genia’s hand. The Aussie scrum has been strong so far. The wrong kicking tee is brought out to Toomua.
22.00: MISS! Toomua’s kick rebounds off the post. Aphiwe Dyantyi takes the ball, is tackled and De Klerk clears with a box-kick.
25.00: Australia win a short-arm penalty at the scrum, but Beale loses the ball forward after Genia’s quick tap. Scrum to the Boks on halfway.
26.00: The visitors win a free-kick and De Klerk takes it quickly before putting in a long-raking grubber into touch inside the Aussie 22.
27.00: Genia tries to run the ball out of his goal line but is tackled backwards and he concedes a scrum. Referee Jackson calls the two hookers to tell them to cut out the pre-engagements.
29.00: TRY! Mapimpi dives underneath Maddocks to score in the corner. The Boks went short for several phases before De Klerk’s long cut-out pass puts the winger away. 7-15
30.00: MISS! Jantjies’ kick is pulled wide. 7-15
32.00: Australia attacks the short side. Maddocks is tackled into touch.
33.00: TRY! Mbonambi turns provider… for Australia. He throws deep to Kolisi, but the flank cannot gather and the ball sits up for Toomua to score under the poles. Terrible strategy by the Boks. 12-15
34.00: CONVERSION! The centre converts his score. 14-15
35.00: Mapimpi and Mbonambi are replaced. On comes Cheslin Kolbe for a Test debut and the world’s best hooker Malcolm Marx.
37.00: The Boks, after some good build-up, lose the ball forward after De Klerk takes his eyes off the ball.
39.00: Massive moment as the Boks win the scrum-penalty with a huge scrum.
39.00: PENALTY! Jantjies slots the easy kick. 14-18
41.00: The hooter sounds but the home team have a lineout on the halfway.
42.00: Steven Kitshoff is pinged for offsides at the ruck. Hodge will step up for a long-range penalty attempt.
43.00: PENALTY! Hodge almost puts the ball into the stands from halfway. 17-18
The halftime score was Australia 17 South Africa 18
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Queensland.
42.00: Willie le Roux knocks on trying to break blind around the ruck. Rodda leaves the field with a dislocated finger.
43.00: Genia breaks blind, puts in a grubber but is beaten to the ball by Le Roux after Kolbe’s shocking attempt to slide and pick up the bouncing ball. Scrum to the Wallabies near the corner.
46.00: A relieving penalty for the Boks after Scott Sio is pinged for hinging.
47.00: Maddocks is almost over but a great tackle by Frans Malherbe stops the big runner – scrum to the hosts.
48.00: Kitshoff slips and the Wallabies get another penalty. Pressure is on the Boks scrum.
51.00: Etzebeth intercepts Koroibete’s 50/50 pass and the Boks escape. Australia comes back, though, and will have a lineout on the Bokke’s 22.
54.00: Australia goes eight phases before winning a penalty after Kitshoff is pinged for playing the ball off his feet. Toomua calls for the tee.
55.00: PENALTY! It’s good from the centre, who puts his side back in the lead. 20-18
56.00: Kolisi goes through a gap and runs to the Aussie’s 22. He fended off Genia but was tackled. Australia, patient in defence, keep the Boks out. Scrum to the hosts inside their 22.
58.00: Solid scrum by the home team. Genia clears to halfway. On comes the Beast!
59.00: Pieter-Steph du Toit is penalised for not releasing. It stops a promising Springboks attack.
61.00: Hooper gets back and slides into touch after cleaning up the rolling ball. However, the Boks have the attacking lineout.
62.00: Jantjies panics, putting the ball onto his boot and killing a promising attack.
65.00: Handré Pollard clears, but the Boks are under the pump inside their 22.
66.00: Oh dear! Folau Fainga’a throws skew.
68.00: Huge scrum by the Wallabies; the Beast buckles under the pressure of the gold scrum.
69.00: PENALTY! Toomua extends the lead. 23-18
70.00: RG Snyman is pinged for taking out Hooper in the air.
74.00: Australia has been dominant since the interval. The Boks have been poor, giving away too many penalties as well as having some brain freezes in the red zone.
76.00: Big scrum by the Boks. Time is running out, but they have a lineout inside the Aussie 22.
78.00: TMO review. The Boks went wide and crashed over in the corner, however, the officials are checking for a knock-on in the build-up by Marx.
79.00: No try! South Africa get the scrum. They are going through the phases, but after 10 phases, they lose the ball. However, they get a penalty and opt for a scrum.
80.00: The hooter sounds…
82.00: More scrum resets.
83.00: South Africa go wide, but Bernard Foley intercepts and Genia clears.
The final score is Australia 23 (17) South Africa 18 (18)
Tries – Hooper, Toomua
Pen – Hodge, Toomua (2)
Con – Toomua (2)
Tries – Mbonambi, Mapimpi
Pen – Jantjies (2)
Con – Jantjies
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZRU)
Assistant Ref 1: John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZRU)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZRU)
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tom Banks.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Cheslin Kolbe.